In light of recent changes to CDC guidance, this is a good time to revisit your Stay Safe pages and any COVID-19 specific information you have posted to make sure it is up to date with your current practices on property:
On May 17, the American Hotel and Lodging Association (AHLA) — an organization that collectively represents 80% of all franchise hotels — handed down the decision to its members, stating that its new stance is in line with guidelines from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
“In light of the recent CDC announcement that fully vaccinated people no longer need to wear a mask or physically distance in most settings, our Safe Stay guidelines will relax mask requirements for guests who are fully vaccinated,” said a statement from AHLA president and CEO Chip Rogers.
For now, employees will still be required to wear masks, unless they primarily work outside or away from others. But, hotels won’t be checking to make sure guests are vaccinated, meaning compliance will be on the honor system.
“At this time, we are not asking hotels to require proof of vaccination status, but we do ask that all guests and workers, vaccinated or not, respect and honor these revised guidelines,” Rogers said. “Unvaccinated guests should wear face coverings and practice physical distancing at all times in public settings.”